Suchandra Chowdhury-Songs of Angshumaner Chhobi

Suchandra Chowdhury, the lyricist and costume designer of Angshumaner Chhobi, talks to CalcuttaTube about the songs used in the movie. Suchandra Chowdhury has also acted in a cameo role in Angshumaner Chhobi.

Suchandra Chowdhury-Songs of Angshumaner Chhobi
Suchandra Chowdhury, the lyricist and costume designer of Angshumaner Chhobi, talks to CalcuttaTube about the songs used in the movie. Suchandra Chowdhury has also acted in a cameo role in Angshumaner Chhobi. Check out the exclusive interview with Suchandradi.

Angshumaner Chhobi-Suchandra Chowdhury
Angshumaner Chhobi-Suchandra Chowdhury

Calcutta Tube:  Please tell us something about the lyrics used in Angshumaner Chhobi.
Suchandra Chowdhury: The lyrics of the songs used in Angshumaner Chhobi depecit philisophy of life in various ways. Let us come to the story of Angshumaner Chhobi. All the characters in Angshumaner Chhobi are going through some turmoil in life.

Madhura (Indrani Haldar), the once national award winning actress, is now an actress in the ‘jatra’. She has not had much achievements in her life after she had won the national award some years back for her first film. She has lost confidence in life, and is under the impression that she has nothing else to contribute to the film industry as an actress. She under-estimates her potentials and thinks that the national award was a fluke.

Again Soumitra Chattopadhyay plays the  role of an actor who has once played many important roles but now thinks that he too has nothing to give to the industry. He has been simply tired of playing the regular routine roles of being a father or grand father and decided of not acting any more.

All these commotion and confusion I have tried to capture in my lyrics. Let me give you some examples – ‘Kaake Tumi Chao / Aar Kaake Tumi Pao /  E Jeno Jotil Dhanda‘ captures the commotion of the characters or ‘Keu To Kokhono Hobe Bondhu Tomar / Tar Haat Dhore Dekho ….’ – which tells you to live in your present moments, with your friends, and not delve on your past. Rupam Islam sang a philosophical folk song that says how incompetent we are in understanding our own selves, but at the same time we ourselves can find our true identities- ‘Mon Pukure Dub Dibi De / Dekhbe Sethai Achin Ghar / Dorja Janla Haat Khola Sob / Uthal Pathal Haowar Jhor / Bhus Kore Jei Uthbi Bhese / Kothai Janla Kothai Ghor / Hu Hu Haowa Boibe Eshe / Moner Majhei Moner Ghor.‘ All the verses are deeply philosophical.

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The songs are not lipped by the actors. The numbers help proceed the story. In Angshumaner Chhobi, the sequences advance with songs. At the end of each song we move forward with the story, which is unlike the way songs are mostly used in other movies.

[ReviewAZON asin=”B0023GFG6W” display=”inlinepost”]Angshuman also has some commotion going in his life lately because the artists he has approached for his films have rejected him. Madhura could not simply believe that some filmmaker from Italy wants her to act in his film. Soumitra Chattopadhyay has vowed not to go back to acting anymore. Anghuman realizes that he has to change his cast for the film since none of the actors of his choice wants to work. But he determined to make the movie only and only with them. If they do not work in his movie, he would give it up, but not change the cast. In a situation like this Angshuman goes to Purulia one morning to convince Soumitra-babu face to face. It was a fine morning that came with a lot of promises in Anghuman’s life – the director felt that something special was going to happen and it did. We often feel happy without any reason at all – ‘Akaron Pulake’ as written by Rabindranath Tagore. Here comes a song of journey, when Angshuman is travelling in a car – ‘Ek Ek Ta Din Onno Rokom / Sokal e Shuru Te / Aadh Phota Aalo Te / Mone Hoy Ki Jeno Ghotbe Ekhon‘. And as a matter of fact, Angshuman convinces the veteran actor to act in his film.

There is a song at the end of the movie when everyone’s life changes. Madhura regains her confidence – she gets back faith in her acting abilities and once again wins the national award. She starts getting more offers for working in films. Soumitra babu realizes that being an actor is his true identity and he continues taking film assignments. And Angshuman settles in Kolkata to make more Bengali films. All these changes in their lives is captured in a song – ‘Durakash Neel Neel Rong-e Dhowa‘.

Calcutta Tube:  Have you worked as a lyricist in any other movies?
Suchandra Chowdhury: I have not worked in any other movies before. But I have been writing lyrics for Atanu in all of his telefilms and TV series since 1995 starting from Goenda Poribar. Though I have never cultivated literature in minute details, I have always been writing small poems and greetings for friends and family in special occasions. I was always good at literature. I work as an executive producer for the Doordarshan. It was Atanu’s birthday when I wrote him a poem, and he asked me to pen a song for his TV series ‘Goyenda Poribar‘ that was a commissioned program by the Doordarshan. That is how it started. The song was a big hit. I have also directed a few telefilms for which I wrote all the poems and songs. I have written very little for others. Most of the people do not know that I write and I have not had any other offers for writings either.
When penning the five songs for Angshumaner Chhobi, I was really nervous. Three of the tunes were already made (Music Director: Rocket Mondol) and I had to put lyrics to them. I was very constrained for these three songs – ‘E Mon Jeno Gohin Sagor / Adhora Atolora‘ (the title song sung by Anwesha), ‘Kake Tumi Chao‘ and ‘Durakash‘. It was a difficult job.

Calcutta Tube:  What are your feelings about the lyrics used in mainstream Bengali movies these days?
Suchandra Chowdhury: I do not have much feelings, because a lot of times they are repelling to me. I do not also understand the infiltration of Hindi words in the Bengali lyrics. I myself cannot relate to that.

Calcutta Tube:  Who do you think can identify with the lyrics of Angshumaner Chhobi? Is it the mass or the class?
Suchandra Chowdhury: One has to have artistic tastes to relate to the songs. This is in some sense is true for the movie too. The audience of the mainstream commercial movie may not relate to Angshumaner Chhobi. Angshumaner Chhobi is in some way between an art film and a commercial one, that the sensitive urban audience would definitely enjoy.

Interviewed by:
Shrabanti Basu, CT Journalist, USA

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